Staff from Myno Carbon, Stevens County Conservation District, and WSU Extension in front of biochar product in Kettle Falls, Washington

Myno’s first biochar application project hits the ground

Myno’s first large-scale biochar application project will be in the greater Stevens County region in Washington State supporting regenerative agriculture. Myno in partnership with Stevens County Conservation District (SCCD), Colville Reservation Conservation District (CRCD), Washington State University Extension (WSU), Avista Corporation, and the WA Sustainable Farms & Fields Program will apply 800 tons of biochar product as a soil amendment on 8 diverse regional farms.

Staff from Myno Carbon, Stevens County Conservation District, and WSU Extension in front of biochar product in Kettle Falls, Washington

Staff from Myno Carbon, Stevens County Conservation District, and WSU Extension in front of biochar product in Kettle Falls, Washington

Avista’s Kettle Falls Generating Station (KFGS) currently produces both wood ash and biochar, both byproducts of combusting waste wood to generate biomass electricity. Under current operations, biochar is produced by KFGS unintentionally, due to imperfect combustion conditions, and is currently collected and reinjected into the boilers to create additional biomass energy. This material can instead be harvested and comingled with the wood ash for deployment as a climate-smart soil amendment.

Biochar has been intensively studied by research groups around the world and these research efforts indicate that, as a soil amendment, biochar can increase crop yields, increase water and nutrient retention, reduce soil nitrous oxide emissions, improve soil health, and increase soil carbon, directly due to the carbon in biochar but also indirectly by increasing the accumulation rate of natural soil organic matter. Initial grower outreach to participate in the program received overwhelming interest from regional farmers. The chosen 8 farmers have agreed to implement treatment and control plots, soil sampling, and monitoring to track the project’s success. Research and monitoring results will support the development of biochar products and application guidance.

Farmer applying biochar product on to an agricultural field

Farmer applying biochar product onto an agricultural field

The goal of this project is to begin delivering biochar products to regional growers to demonstrate the benefits of biochar application and strengthen the agricultural market demand for biochar in the state prior to our first large-scale biochar production facility coming online at end of 2025/ early 2026. We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative project and excited to deliver our first biochar product to growers starting this spring 2023!